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Miss C

Senior Member
Hi everybuddy~
All this talk about holidays has reminded me of a question that I may be able to get settled once and for all with the help of some proteacher friends. Could someone explain Kwanzaa to me? :confused: I know it's primarily an African-American holiday celebrated about the same time as Christmas, but other than that, I know nothing. Does it take the place of Christmas for those who celebrate it, or do you do both? What's the significance? How is it celebrated? Thanks, y'all! :)


Junior Member

When I taught PK, my students made the mkeka mats, we learned about the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and made the Kinara candle holder. There are a few good children's books out there - I'll see if I can't find the ones I have and get the titles on here for you.

Found them!
Seven Days of Kwanzaa by Ella Grier
My First Kwanzaa Book by Deborah Chocolate
My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz


Full Member
Kwaanza and Christmas

Most people who celebrate Kwaanza also celebrate Christmas. Kwaanza comes right after Christmas.